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Doctors Investigate Indian Baby for Spontaneous Combustion

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5 Beloved Scientists Who Were Actually Bullies

Electrocuting animals, stealing credit, self-aggrandizing, and more<p>Unfortunately, scientific genius doesn't necessarily come with superhuman social skills. The great minds on this list may have made significant contributions to their fields, but even hundreds of years later, we're still shaking our …

A new way of thinking about how the brain works

Modern neuroscience is based on the discovery of the neuron, but this is only half the story<p>My book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, is out now, and is available at a discount price from Amazon and the <i>Guardian</i> bookshop. (And here's a lovely review by Vaughan Bell, who calls it "a …

Apple to Release Thinner Fifth-Generation iPad and Retina iPad Mini in Last Three Months of 2013

As parts leaks have suggested, <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that Apple will release a thinner full-sized iPad in the final three months of this year -- this would suggest that the iPad would be released at a separate media event from the one supposedly scheduled for September 10th when the next iPhone is …

Mystery priest from Mo. car accident scene ID'd

Priest prayed with a teenage victim of a car accident.<p>The mystery priest who appeared at the scene of a serious accident last week in eastern Missouri involving a teenager has been identified as the Rev. Patrick Dowling, KDSK and other news agencies are reporting.<p>The Diocese of Jefferson City, Mo., …

WinCo: worker-owned grocery chain that pays benefits, pensions, living wages -- and has lower prices than WalMart

WinCo is a midwestern chain of worker-owned stores that consistently underprice WalMart, while still paying a living wage to their staff and decent …

I Quit Cable 2.5 Years Ago. Here's Why I Came Back.

It's been two and a half years since I last paid for cable television. The other week I decided to get back on the wagon.<p>The last time I moved, I …

All Hail Histomap: 4,000 Years of History in a Single Poster

What if you could capture the entire history of recorded human existence into one epic infographic for the ages? Crazy, right? Back in the 1930s, a …

8 signs the rich have way too much money

They control our world but barely even live in it<p>The statistics about wealth inequality in this country are both astonishing and alarming. But statistics can’t tell the entire story if they’re presented in isolation. Our country is increasingly being turned into a plaything for the ultra-rich.<p>Here …

Study: Smart people are not less racist than other people

They are just better at hiding it, according to researchers at the University of Michigan<p>While education has been shown to play a crucial role in promoting new attitudes and values that can prevent or change racist thinking, intelligence is not an automatic remedy for prejudice among white people, …

Horizons: The planes that can pick up trains

Students have come up with a radical idea for cutting journey times in 2050 – aircraft that collect and drop-off passengers in moving pod-like carriages.<p>Our transport system, whichever way you look at it, is broken. Sure, most of us eventually get to where we need to go, but congestion and …

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I want to heal my son so badly

I banned nuts and dairy. I tried ointments and specialists. Can I ever save my child from the pain of his own skin?<p>At breakfast the other day my 5-year-old came to the table with one of his books about outer space tucked under his arm and asked if we could all move to the moon for a week. And I …

Microsoft spent "hundreds of millions" designing Xbox One controller

Microsoft spent "hundreds of millions" designing the Xbox One controller, Xbox Accessories general manager Zulfi Alam told CVG in a new interview.<p>"The investments in redesigning a controller go into the hundreds of millions of dollars in tooling and R&D costs," Alam said. "Bearing in mind we …

How Big Is Amazon’s Kindle Business? Morgan Stanley Takes a Crack at It.

We’ve already learned not to expect Amazon to divulge Kindle sales numbers, but Morgan Stanley Research is taking a crack at estimating it for us.<p>In …

Galaxy Note 3 reportedly packing 5.68-inch Full HD SuperAMOLED screen

Other specs said to include octa-core Exynos CPU, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel OIS camera<p>Samsung's has dropped a few hints that the Galaxy Note 3 will be …

A Size Comparison Of Sci-Fi's Greatest Machines And Monsters [Infographic]

How does Godzilla compare to an AT-AT walker? Plus, how they stack up to real stuff, like the Sydney Opera House.<p>DeviantART user lexinator117 created this scale-map comparing the sizes of nerd- and pop-culture touchstones. Now we finally know: American Godzilla is lesser creatively <i>and</i> physically …

Elon Musk reveals plans for high-speed Hyperloop

In a blog post today, Elon Musk revealed plans for an alpha version of his much-anticipated Hyperloop, an innovative transportation system that would move passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than 30 minutes. According to the plans (PDF), the Hyperloop would transport passengers in …

Study: Positivity is contagious on social media

If an article is “liked” on a website such as Facebook or Reddit, new readers are more likely to approve of it<p>Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Positive opinions are more influential than negative ones, at least on the Internet.<p>If an article is “liked” on a website such as Facebook or Reddit, new readers are …

Autism 'affects male and female brains differently'

<b>Autism affects male and female brains differently, a study has suggested.</b><p>UK experts studied brain scans of 120 men and women, with half of those studied having autism.<p>The differences found in the research, published in journal Brain, show more work is needed to understand how autism affects girls, …

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Bulgaria UFO Video Under Scrutiny By Ex-FBI Agent Ben Hansen (VIDEO)

A fast moving, silent, circular, brightly lit object was videotaped moving across the night sky of Haskovo, Bulgaria, on August 4.<p>The video, posted by one "nedialko kostadinov," shows the unusual object passing behind numerous wires and structures and changing colors and intensity. Near the …

When a TED talk is a propaganda tool

In June, venture capitalist Eric X. Li used the platform to extoll the many virtues of China’s authoritarian regime<p>HONG KONG – Apparently the TED-talk format is so seductive that it can even make Leninism sound sexy.<p>In June at a TED talk in Edinburgh, Scotland, a flawlessly groomed venture …

Microsoft Doesn’t Want To Admit Windows RT Is Dead

Microsoft is in a tough spot. Windows RT is all but dead in the water. But Microsoft has approximately a zillion and a half Surface RT tablets collecting dust in warehouses. And so Ballmer and Co. continued its ignorant fight against Apple and the far more successful iPad with another TV spot that …

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China Tries to Teach Its Tourists Manners

America reinforced its reputation as the world's worst tourists earlier this week when a Yank knocked the finger off of a 14th century statue in …

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Inside the Hyperloop: the pneumatic travel system faster than the speed of sound

It is called “The Hyperloop” and, according to the designer, it will be a revolutionary “fifth mode” of transport, eclipsing trains, planes, boats and automobiles.<p>The “cross between Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table” will deliver passengers between US cities faster than the speed of …

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When a Relationship Becomes a Game

An app that reminds us to be thoughtful can take the spontaneity out of dating. But love may have more to do with game theory than we think.<p>It’s a Wednesday afternoon, and Kamakshi Zeidler, a 34-year-old plastic surgeon in Los Gatos, California, is explaining how to fill up a “love tank.”<p>“If you do …

Extreme close-up shows you how a mosquito really bites your flesh and sucks your blood

Look at that proboscis go!<p>Usually, being bitten by a mosquito is an event that conjures up swear words and frantic itching, but more advanced souls might turn their thoughts to what exactly happens when the insect manages to get under your skin. Thanks to a video shot by researchers at the Pasteur …

10 rules for managing your penis

Recent news stories involving sexting, wine, toasters, politicians and penises indicate some men need a refresher course, so here are my 10 rules for keeping your penis out of trouble<p>In light of the "cock au vin" story, here is my guide to what <i>not</i> to do with your penis.<p><b>1)</b> <b>Do not involve your penis</b> …

Samsung co-CEO: We want Tizen to be on everything

In an interview with CNET Korea, Samsung's J.K. Shin talks about the opportunity for the upstart operating system to run on everything from smartphones to cars.<p>Samsung Electronics has broad ambitions for Tizen, an open operating system the company has taken a lead role in developing as it looks to …

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